Kate Hansen
Kate Hansen
Senior Policy Associate

My life has been a unique mix of rural and urban, but rural America has always had my heart. I’ve lived everywhere from Illinois to Massachusetts, and now Iowa, but my home is small-town Indiana. My family has been in northern Indiana for many generations, in an area that is part Rust Belt, part Corn Belt.

Small towns and rural areas helped make me the person I am today, and it is important to me that they are resilient, vibrant, and inclusive for generations to come. At the Center, I am proud to be a part of a team that advocates for just that. 

I am a graduate of Wellesley College, where I studied American studies—with an independent focus on rural America—and geosciences. In my free time, I enjoy exploring small-town ice cream shops, playing badminton, and watching documentaries. 

Learn more about Kate on our blog.